American Ballet Theatre brings the Holiday Spirit to LA

It may never snow in Los Angeles, but the American Ballet’s Theatre‘s Annual Holiday Benefit reminds us there is joy in the winter season. The festive holiday evening December 17 at the Beverly Hilton started with a cocktail hour with light bites as guests eagerly waited to be seated for dinner and intimate dance performances.

Pictured, (L-R) ABT Trustee and Gala Co-Chair Sutton Stracke, ABT Board Chair Andrew F. Barth, Jennifer Garner, ABT Principal Dancer James Whiteside, ABT Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett, and ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Photo credit: Vince Bucci

As the Master of Ceremonies, Jennifer Garner enthusiastically and joyfully orchestrated the flow of the six dance acts. Even leading up to the event, Jen showed her love for the Nutcracker on her Instagram. Dancers like Misty Copeland and Stella Abrera, Sarah Lane, Hee Seo, Christine Shevchenko, Cory Stearns, Isabella Boylston and more showcased various moves and dances, mainly ballet-centric, but ending with a jamboree of sorts using tap and stomping to artfully create a rhythmic melody. The evening offered us an outstanding taste of the Company’s varied repertoire.

ABT Principal Dancers Hee Seo and Cory Stearns perform an excerpt from Leaves Are Fading. (Photo credit: Vince Bucci)

While dinner ended and the dessert bar unveiled, the dancers came out to meet the 300 guests and take photos. Notable attendees included Sharon Lawrence, Nigel Lythgoe, Dita Von Teese, Daniel Donigan (Milk on RuPaul), Julie Ann Emery, Lesley Ann Warren, Lotte Verbeek, Haans Nicholas Mott, Ginny Mancini, Shari Loeffler, Sutton Stracke, Sarah Arison, and more.

The night offered a preview of the Harlequinade, which will be playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Proceeds from the Holiday Benefit support American Ballet Theatre and its educational programs. For more information, please visit 

(Photo credit: Vince Bucci)













(L-R) Sharon Lawrence, Nigel Lythgoe, and ABT Principal Dancer Misty Copeland. (Photo credit: Vince Bucci)
ABT Soloist Blaine Hoven and ABT Principal Dancer Misty Copeland perform an excerpt from Garden Blue. (Photo credit: Vince Bucci)
(L-R) ABT Corps de Ballet dancers Luis Ribagorda and Alexei Agoudine, and ABT Soloist Arron Scott perform an excerpt from The Nutcracker. (Photo credit: Vince Bucci)

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